Surgical Lip Lift
DURATION: 30-40 minutes
RECOVERY: sutures for 1 week, mild soreness
INSURANCE COVERAGE: No
What is a surgical lip lift? A lip lift is a procedure that reduces the distance between the nose and lips while increasing the height and fullness of the upper lip and improving your dental show. This is accomplished by surgically excising a strip of skin from right below the nose.
How is a lift lift performed? This procedure is performed under local anesthesia in about 30-40 minutes. Precise measurements, release of tissue, and a masterful tension-free closure are the key technical aspects of the procedure; however patient selection is more important than anything else. There is minimal pain after the procedure and aside from some light pain medication and an antibiotic, minimum care is needed. Sutures are removed after one week and it takes about 1 month for the incision to heal and be unnoticeable to the naked eye.
Who is a good candidate ? Not everyone is a perfect candidate. In general the best indication for the procedure are those patients with a LONG upper lip length and a short upper lip height. This procedure is a natural alternative to repeated filler injections and overall can be used as a cost savings treatment as the cost of lip fillers can add up over a lifetime. Key measurements to determine candidacy include the ratio of length between the upper lip and distance between the nose and upper lip. Those who scar poorly are also not great candidates in general; however the face does heal better than other areas of the body especially with a careful surgical closure. In addition, one of the key signs of aging is loss of lip volume and this procedure can naturally enhance that without the feeling of firmness that often accompanies lip filler injections.